Specifying Inclusive Gender Options for Patients
I'd like to see more options for gender at birth, current gender identification, sexual orientation, and a place to indicate preferred pronoun.
Hello everyone – great news! You now have the ability to specify gender at birth in the patient Profile as well as gender identity and sexual orientation on the patient Summary page.
Thank you for your patience as we worked to get this implemented!
Ann Tommaney commented
Can we have gender identity and sexual orientation options on the Patient Profile page as well, not just the Summary page? As a therapist working with young developing transitioning genders, this will more accurately reflect my clients.
Ann Tommaney, PsyD
You need to update the gender drop down for the online scheduling system. Or no longer require it.
Can we add this to the summary or profile section and not the charting section. It is a one time setting which doesn't require taking up space in the charting area.
There are critical issues like addiction, alcohol abuse, etc that need to be addressed across the board for almost all population groups.
k shore md commented
Having a gender option of transgender male and transgender female is vital in a primary care medical record. It is not just a social issue, it has medical and health implications (risk of prostate cancer in a trans female has been missed due to caregiver unaware of transgender status and need to check psa. Additionally, I need to be aware of the gender status (cis/trans) in order to take an appropriate history and assess for health risks and appropriate examination and lab/imaging studies. Specification of gender, other than male/female, is the standard of care in pediatrics - this is a small EHR fix that has large implications and is not optional. I hope Practice Fusion will make the appropriate changes to this ASAP.
A.C. Demidont commented
About 70% of my patients are trans* or gender non-conforming. It is very difficult/impossible for TGNC or intersex patients to inclusively select their gender when scheduling appointments online. I have had several patients complain about this. I have created my own intake form that offers multiple gender options (male, female, transmale, transfemale, intersex, other: _____
It would also be appropriate for PF to create a preferred and birth name column for trans* patients and to add the preferred name to the patients demographics. I would like to be able to send prescriptions with the patient's preferred name first, their birth name in parentheses and their last name last: i.e. Jane (John) Doe. This is a transinclusive practice and recommended by the HRC for the care of transgender patients.
I hope that this change can be made very soon.
Roz Donovan commented
My office serves many transgendered patients. Perhaps have one question:
Sex at birth with a dropdown, F/M/O
and another open ended question: Gender
Ms Maria Hicks commented
I was very surprised the default for gender in PF is so outdated. This makes using the intake forms options more difficult and doesn't reflect modern best practices for inclusivity. I hope we are not required to gain enough votes to make this happen and that it just happens because it should! Thanks!
Kim C. commented
PLEASE include more inclusive options please for sex -- even "undifferentiated" if it is a matter needing to strictly have M or F for some kind of billing or reporting issue (I have seen that option in other EHR programs, and while not ideal it is better than a strictly binary sex option). Also, please build in options for writing in free-text options for gender identity and pronouns, and have these appear as prominently on the screen and in printed health records as the sex marker. Allowing patients to self-identify -- and having their medical records reflect their identity -- is vital! And I agree -- the pronoun field should appear everywhere that the legal and preferred name fields appear! As I explore Practice Fusion and prepare to use it in my clinic, I love the features -- but am frustrated that this system will not affirm the identity of my genderqueer and trans* patients.
Pat M. commented
The pronoun field should be included everywhere the legal name and preferred name field appear.
Dr Caroline Jones Redstone commented
S. Ho, MD commented
We would like the following added to demographics: non-binary gender information, preferred pronouns, separated demographics for clinical use and insurance use, social history that includes gender assigned at birth, gender identity, sexual orientation and organ inventory (does pt have a uterus, cervix, prostate, breasts, etc)
I say leave the current binary gender in place for billing purposes.
Have a separate column for gender identity--- which doesn't interface with insurance. Her we can put Trans mtf, ftm, intersex, etc.
My grant requires me to identify transgender persons to maintain funding..... And you're in San Francisco...... And it's THE RIGHT THING TO DO! Thanks!
The intake is not accurate with respect to sex and fails to permit identification of gender. Sex is not binary: male or female. As a medical record provider, accuracy is critical. Add "Intersex" as an option. Additionally, gender is not included in basic demographics. Please add gender with the following options: Pre-Op
I'd like to see a gender neutral option and a place to indicate preferred pronoun.
Ms Cordelia Murphy commented
I think its incredibly important to offer more than MTF, FTM for patients who don't fit into those gender categories. Also, I want to second transitioning to they/them default pronouns instead of he/she.
Ms Mary Baker commented
Yes please add another option for transgendered MTF and FTM. Some of our clients fit this category. Thanks.
You won't have to worry about that because this field will be something we track and store separately from the current Gender that we have in the EHR demographics now.
While confusing, and insulting to those who do not identify as the binary male or female, it is a reality that we'll need to work within.
Angus Matheson MD commented
I worry about this and billing. If we put in anything other than male or female, what happens we we send it to Medicare and insurance companies which require gender and currently only accept Male and Female? How about M, F, TG-M, TG-F (allowing the transgender patient's to choose which one) - for instance we could bill out male for TG-male, if they were sure that their insurance company also had that as their gender. I know that does not describe all TG patients, but it seems the best option I can think of given my understanding that insurance will need a digital, male/female gender. (I apologize if I am wrong about insurance needs.)
Sarah O. commented
The gender field could also be an open field where the office staff types it in instead of a drop down list.
Add in the gender column more than two genders. Offer all the options. I would suggest to be proactive and eliminate he/she pronouns and shift to they/their.